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Old 12-06-2009, 02:35 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Azzurri View Post
He mentions it in his book. He was down 2 sets and then won the next 2 but ended up losing. If he had of won, that letter would be in the HOF. He actually read it in the locker room before the match, but for whetever reason (he had no idea why) he just re-read it during the match. nice story indeed..just another example that Pete is more human than people give him credit.
It's a tribute to the ignorance of many posters, and Pete's championship character that Pete is ever portrayed as not human or boring. First his tennis was sublime...all court power and touch excellence (only surpassed by prime Mac...though not in power obviously). But this is a guy who wept through a huge battle with Courier at a slam, not because he is a spoiled brat who can't control being a sore loser, but because his coach had just been weeping in hospital bed with brain tumours. This is a guy who kept secret his struggle with a disease sapping his stamina, threw up during a dramatic slam win, collapsed in a Davis cup win....fought Yzaga with feet covered in bloody blisters, prompting Vitas Gerulaitis to say it was just an honor to carry his racquets out for him after he was being taken away.....Sampras boring? Sampras inhuman? When he appeared inhuman it was only because his heart was so strong.
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